The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has initiated a long-term project to modernize the state’s electric grid by incorporating non-utility owned energy resources into the planning and operation of the electric distribution system. Show More Summary
The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households. read more
On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission officially opened a proceeding that will set the ground rules for a multi-year transformation of distribution grid planning (PDF). It’s the first state in the country to take explicit steps to merge the traditional world of distribution grid planning — centralized, one way and predicated on the past Continue reading ?
Last Monday, the mayor of San Bruno stood on the steps of the California Public Utilities Commission offices in San Francisco and called for a complete overhaul of the state agency, including the firing of key CPUC officials. The next...Show More Summary
News outlets from Sacramento to Los Angeles are crowing about Pacific Gas & Electric Company's alleged "cozy relationship" with the utlity that oversees it, the California Public Utilities Commission. Read more »
As I reported at length last October, California was the first state to create a statewide regulatory structure to allow the use of smartphone apps hat summon rides-for-hire; the most prominent such companies are Uber and Lyft. Despite...Show More Summary
Transportation Network Companies (TNC) is a new acronym I learned today after several news stories about the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ordering Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other on-demand ride companies to cease illegal pickup and drop-off services at airports in California. Show More Summary
With the state facing a near-record drought and a summer expected to be hotter than normal, a new statewide education campaign has kicked off supported by an alliance of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, utilities, regional energy networks, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits. Show More Summary
Originally published on the ECOreport. The attached videos of the May 14 Settlement Evidentiary hearing, for the closure of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, in California, are shocking. The shortest, posted at the very bottom of the page, is a collection of clips giving some keys points. Show More Summary
The debate on the future of distributed solar in California, which is by far the largest solar market in America, began in earnest this week at the state’s Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. The commission convened a workshop in response to AB 327, legislation passed last year that requires a “successor tariff” to replace Continue reading ?
The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies. Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements. read more
Cabs line up along the CPUC in protest of "rideshare" industry. Photo by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Car horns honked and tempers flared as 30 taxi cabs circled around the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday [Wed/9], protesting...Show More Summary
Originally published on the ECOreport. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that existing rooftop solar arrays can keep selling electricity to the grid at current rates for 20 years. This applies to all customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company. Show More Summary
Reduced electric rates help the port improve air quality; discounts will save tenants $350 million, keep port competitive The California Public Utilities Commission
Talk about $ TSLA disappointment. Investors expected Elon Musk to shine the light on Tesla’s new battery factory when he spoke at the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday. What they got instead was a wonky panel Read Mor...
Elon Musk is warning fossil fuel-dependent utilities to prepare for hard times. In comments made at a panel set up by the California Public Utilities Commission, Musk said addressing climate change depends on upending traditional power providers, and he called on regulators to help lower the cost for renewable providers to compete with them. Show More Summary
Maybe Morgan Stanley was on to something. A day after Tesla, $ TSLA, reveals details of its Gigafactory in a sparse blog post, CEO Elon Musk speaks at the California Public Utilities Commission. The topic of Read More...
In my last article for Smart Grid News, I discussed energy storage legislation and why it is so essential to preserving the energy grid. California’s Public Utility Commission had just proposed an aggressive energy storage mandate for its three largest utility companies to incorporate 1.3 GW of storage into the grid by 2020. That mandate Continue reading ?
Much if not all of the electric power once provided by the San Onofre nuclear power plant could be replaced with energy from non-fossil-fuel sources, says a proposed decision pending at the California Public Utilities Commission.
Popular ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have long-operated in a legal gray zone. While the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) unanimous approval of new regulations around ridesharing services last September helped to clear some of the ambiguity, scores of questions remain. Show More Summary